Many of the magnificent performances at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts are presented or produced by one of our eleven (11) Resident Companies. Most of our Resident Companies are performing arts institutions with long and illustrious histories in this community, and most predate the opening of the Center. Resident Companies are allowed priority-booking status in the facility in advance of all other groups. These companies are also allowed a voting seat on the Center's Board of Directors. Any group that meets the established criteria can apply for Resident Company status.
Our Resident Company Family
Alaska Dance Theatre (ADT), founded in 1981, is the premiere nonprofit dance organization in Alaska. It’s mission is to promote dance through professional education, performance and advocacy in Alaska and to provide a recognized artistic element within the dance community for local and visiting artists to expand their creative talent while nurturing discipline, confidence, fitness and the experience of movement. Believing that dance is for everyone, Alaska Dance Theatre strives to keep its programs affordable to a wide range of the population
Each season ADT presents three concerts on its MainStage Series in the Discovery Theatre. The School of Alaska Dance Theatre presents an annual Showcase each May in the Atwood Concert Hall. In addition to these performances ADT has a small Black Box Theatre for showcasing local and visiting dancers, conducts workshops with guest artists and acts as the local dance coordinators for the Anchorage Concert Association’s presentation of The Nutcracker.
Alaska Junior Theater (AJT) is a private, non-profit organization that has been bringing the best in professional theater from around the world to Alaska's young audiences for 31 years.
Each year, more than 40,000 young people attend a variety of performances at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts through class field-trips and public family performances. The field trip performances give many children their first introduction to the performing arts -- including theater, mime, music, dance and puppetry. Through its outreach, AJT is helping to build the audiences of the future.
AJT is committed to building a stronger community by presenting programs that offer different cultural perspectives to Alaska's children—thereby expanding their horizons, opening new worlds of insight into other cultures, and inspiring them to work towards overcoming barriers. AJT is strengthening partnerships to bring theater, music and dance performances to young people and families in smaller Alaskan communities.
Alaska Theatre of Youth (ATY) is a non-profit educational organization whose programs serve the community through family-oriented plays, challenging programs for kids at-risk, and entertaining and thoughtful programs for schools and summer students. A corps of talented and hard-working volunteers and staff energize the program work year-round, bringing magic and vision to kids throughout the state. In addition to their four mainstage events each season, ATY also hosts an annual Summer Conservatory and numerous other classes and workshops.
ATY's mission is to develop the human potential in young people through performing arts training and performance opportunities, and to expose our community to the finest in theatre for young people.
Alaska Youth Orchestras (AYO) is a NEW Resident Company starting in the 2011-2012 season. The mission of AYO is to build musicianship, inspire youth to love music, offer enriching opportunities for music performance, and create a musical legacy that will sustain arts throughout the lives of its members and Anchorage communities. AYO envisions a community where music education and performance are valued and shared.
AYO develops its programs around four core values: Musicianship - AYO inspires young musicians as individuals and as a group to strive for and experience musical excellence; Performance - AYO inspires young musicians and audiences through superior musical performances; Inspiring Youth - AYO inspires young musicians to life-long participation in and support of the arts in Alaska and beyond; Musical Legacy - through its teaching, musical performance and leadership among youth arts groups, AYO fosters lifelong appreciation among its members for the rewards of responsibility, commitment, self-confidence, discipline and teamwork.
The Alaska Youth Orchestras, which is comprised of about 100 high school musicians, provides high quality orchestral performance experiences for talented young musicians, and furthers musicianship of members through rehearsals, concerts, education, tours, and community involvement.
Anchorage Ballet (ACBA) was founded in 1997 to preserve the art of classical dance while educating aspiring professionals while providing a venue for all interested in experiencing the joy of the art of dance in Anchorage and beyond.
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy has prepared a multitude of young professionals to dance in the top dance centers of the world and has established an international reputation of excellence.
In addition to its collaborative efforts within the state of Alaska, and widely varied repertoire, Anchorage Ballet has toured to Canada, and hosted guest instructors and performers from North America and abroad. It has participated in International exchanges as part of the International Exchange Program.
In 2010, the Ballet was the recipient of the Anchorage Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Arts Organization.
Anchorage Concert Association (ACA) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1950 by a group of classical music enthusiasts in order to bring the world's finest performing artists to Alaska for public performances and education activities that entertain, uplift, educate and inspire audiences, students and local artists. ACA has presented more than 700 performances of the world's finest music, dance and theatre.
Today, ACA's purpose includes presenting internationally acclaimed artists from the entire spectrum of the performing arts in Alaska. Public performances, and education and outreach activities entertain, uplift, educate, and inspire audiences, students, and local artists. The Anchorage Concert Association is the largest performing arts presenter in Alaska and acts as an anchor in the touring schedules of artists as they come through the Northwest. The yearly audience, the largest for fine performing arts in the state, come from Greater Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula and even as far away as Barrow. More than 75,000 people of every age, income level and cultural background will attend an ACA performance during the coming season.
ACA believes that the arts benefit everyone. Therefore, it strives to provide access and exposure to a broad spectrum of the population and also to those who might not otherwise afford to attend arts events.
Anchorage Concert Chorus (ACC) has maintained a tradition of choral excellence in Anchorage and surrounding communities for more than 60 years. Embracing a wide spectrum of choral music, ranging from classical choral masterworks to contemporary popular pieces, the 160-member Chorus usually offers a three-concert series each year.
ACC's mission is to serve Anchorage and surrounding communities by fostering excellence in choral music through world-class vocal performance, community events, and music education. Not only does the ACC perform its own concerts each season and host the annual Messiah Community Sing, collaborations are not uncommon with such entities as the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Youth Symphony, Alaska Chamber Singers, and Alaska Dance Theatre - to name a few.
Anchorage Opera (AO), Alaska's only professional opera company, produces several offerings each season (November through April) in the Discovery Theatre. Anchorage Opera is one of America’s leading regional opera companies. As the center of opera in Alaska, AO provides the finest operatic experiences to residents and visitors, while also serving as a professional resource for American artists, administrators and technical staff, helping them to refine their talent and perfect their craft.
Bringing together the talents of guest artists from around the world with the best of Alaska's own singers, orchestra musicians, stage artisans and craftspeople, the company presents a world-class product which is truly Made in Alaska. Visit the Anchorage Opera’s web site for more information.
AO has been commended for its collaborative work with other arts and cultural organizations in Alaska including the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. AO also regularly partners with artists from Alaska Dance Theatre, Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Alaska Children’s Choir, and the Anchorage Festival of Music.
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is a vibrant, professional 80-member ensemble comprised of South Central Alaska's most talented musicians. Since its first concert more than 60 years ago, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has matured from a small community orchestra to an exuberant and dedicated core of musicians, influencing the musical and artistic standards of symphonic music performance and education throughout our community and our state.
Under the direction of Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, the ASO, one of Alaska's most respected and cherished arts organizations. consistently wins critical acclaim from the press and enthusiastic approval from audiences. The ASO performs between October and April in the Atwood Concert Hall.
ASO Concert Seasons include a five-event Classic Concerts Series, 3 Pops Concerts, four Young People’s Concerts, and projects that stimulate Alaskan musicians and composers. In addition ASO offers numerous educational and outreach programs for both youth and adults, equipment and music rentals to other organizations, discounts for youth and seniors, and accessible services for patrons with special needs.
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is proud of its musical heritage and grateful to its pioneering founders who sought to enrich the splendor of the Last Frontier with the glorious sounds of live symphonic music.
Perseverance Theatre (PT)Perseverance Theatre’s mission is to create professional theatre by and for Alaskans. We value community engagement, cross-cultural collaboration, professional rigor, and regional voice.
In 1979, Molly Smith founded Perserverance Theatre, following her dream of starting a professional theatre company in her home town. Over thirty-five years, we’ve grown into a regional professional theatre, serving nearly 15,000 audience members, in both Juneau and in Anchorage, employing 150 artists, and working with 500 volunteers annually with classical, contemporary, and world premiere productions on our Main and Second Stages.
Today led by Executive Artistic Director Art Rotch, Perseverance has premiered over 70 new plays by Alaskan and national playwrights. We have received national coverage in American Theater magazine and on National Public Radio. Perseverance Theatre was born as a grassroots organization firmly rooted in our community and state. We occupy a unique place in the heart of Alaska’s artistic, cultural, and social life. We are committed to developing artists, volunteers, audiences, and programming reflective of the Alaskan community, and to delivering the finest professional theatre anywhere to our loyal, local audience.
Whistling Swan Productions (WSP) has promoted concerts in southcentral Alaska since the mid-1990s. WSP is celebrating its 15th Season of bringing fine music to Alaska. Over 275 artists and still counting!
Founder Mike McCormick, a longtime educator and concert promoter, helps UAA students put on folk and pop music shows as a member of the Student Activities staff. He and his wife, Katy, promoted their first Alaska concert in Juneau in 1987 when they organized a Bill Staines concert to support the Alaska Folk Festival. Creating WSP in 1994, the couple has presented close to 300 different artists and produced more than 400 shows to audiences in Anchorage and other Alaska communities featuring a range of emerging artists, local performers and musical veterans.
This family-run production company focuses on acoustic music by singer-songwriters from throughout the English Speaking World.